Installing mySQL via Homebrew
July 22nd, 2020 · 3 min readLoading
I have recently started a new role as a Solutions Engineer, and it's time to dig back into SQL and learning my way through databases and how to query them.
Let's get started.
If you haven't already it's time to get Homebrew installed. Open up your terminal of choice and paste this in and press return.
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install.sh)"
This will then install homebrew allowing you to install packages.
Installing mySQL and setup
Now we have homebrew installed it is time to install mySQL to do that. Enter the following into the terminal and hit return.
brew install mysql
This will go ahead and install mySQL for you.
After installing mySQL homebrew will give a few options, one of them is allowing us to set the
root password. Or simply just log in with a blank password by:
I would suggest setting your root password, as it's good practice.
Check that mySQL is installed
Before moving on it's best to check that the install was successful. Time to start your mySQL server.
If you see SUCCESS! you know the install has been successful. Now It's time to log in with the root user.
As the password is blank this should log us in successfully and present us with
mysql> in the terminal.
Let's exit the server by typing in
exit and hitting return.
Securing the installation
To secure your installation of mySQL you enter the following
mysql_secure_installation in the terminal.
mySQL comes with a validation password plugin, but for this, we won't be using that. So when prompted just hit any key. Then enter your new password, this can be anything you like.
Once set you're prompted with a few options, for me personally ill remove:
- anonymous users
- the ability for remote login
- the test database
Then I will reload the privileges.
Creating our first local database
Now we have secured our installation, it's time to create our first local database. For this database let's use the following creds:
- user: test_user
- password: test_password
- database: test_database
Of course, you're able to use anything you like, but If you're not feeling creative use the above.
Let's set up our database, but first log into mySQL using the password your set above.
mysql -uroot -pyourpassword
Once logged in, we can create our database
mysql> CREATE DATABASE app_database;
Now let's create a user for the database
mysql> CREATE USER 'test_user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'test_password';
Give the new user full access to the database
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON test_database.* TO 'test_user'@'localhost';
Now flush all privileges
mysql> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
Let's exit our session by pressing
ctrl + d
Log into your new DB with new user
Now everything is created let's try to log into
test_database with user
mysql -utest_user -ptest_password
If successful we know everything has worked, and I can actually write a tutorial.
Now let's try to use the
mysql> USE test_database
If you don't get an error we're all good, and everything is set up correctly. To exit the database just type in
Using a GUI to access and manage your db.
If you want to manage your db via a gui such as PopSQL you can set it up by using what we have created above like so:
If you have any issues with this little tutorial, hit me up on Twitter.